Key Amino Acids
Amino Acid Therapy, Key Supplements and Nutraceuticals for Mental Health and Biochemical Recovery*.
BELOW COURTSEY OF THE ALLIANCE FOR ADDICTION SOLUTIONS AND JULIA ROSS.
L-Tryptophan and 5-HTP
(5-Hydroxy TryptoPhan) is used to manufacture serotonin, the brain’s natural antidepressant. Serotonin deficiency symptoms: depression, self-deprecation, irritability, panic, anxiety, compulsive thoughts and behaviors, suicidal thoughts and behaviors, sleep disorders, seasonal affective disorder, cravings worse in the afternoon or evening, sensitivity to heat, minimal sense of humor. Symptoms of deficiency may include cravings for sweets and starches; uses nicotine, marijuana, and alcohol for relaxing and comfort when stressed; Use of Prescribed SSRI drugs like Lexapro, Zoloft, Paxil, Prozac or SNRI drugs like Effexor or Cymbalta.
5HTP is found in our PINK CLOUD formula. Pink Cloud also includes key Serotonin boosting herbs such as St John's Wort, Holy Basil and vitamin co-factors for maximum benefits.
GABA is used to augment the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), the anti-stress chemical. GABA deficiency symptoms: anxiety, tension—emotional and physical—and feeling overwhelmed by stress. Symptoms of deficiency may include cravings for: carbohydrates, nicotine, marijuana, or alcohol to relax when stressed. Use of Prescribed tranquilizers like Valium, Neurontin, Xanax, and Ativan.
GABA is supported in our SERENITY formula.
L-Glutamine is a perfect fuel for the whole brain, balancing blood sugar levels to maintain energy and clear thinking. Blood sugar deficiency symptoms: irritability, shakiness, weakness, dizziness, especially if too many hours have passed since the previous meal. Symptoms of deficiency may include cravings for whatever gives quick relief to low blood sugar, like sweets, starches, and alcohol.
NOTE: Be cautious about taking L-glutamine if you have manic depression (bipolar disorder). While low doses of L-glutamine may relieve bipolar depression, in approximately 50% of bipolar cases normal doses of L-glutamine can trigger mania.
GLUTA MINE contains 500mg of L-Glutamine.
L-Tyrosine (tie row seen) is used to manufacture catecholamines (cat a coal a meens) like dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. These neurotransmitters cause us to wake up in the morning alert and refreshed with a clear mind, able to concentrate and focus on our goals. Symptoms of Catecholamine deficiency may include: fatigue, unfocused, lack of motivation, depression, apathy, feeling of boredom but no energy to do anything more interesting, possibly diagnosed as “attention deficit disorder” (ADD). Use of Prescribed Ritalin, Wellbutrin, or Adderall. Symptoms of deficiency may also include cravings for: whatever will ramp up the nervous system; sweets and starches for the quick rise in blood sugar and temporary stimulation, brain stimulants like caffeine or aspartame, and stimulating drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine; May also use tobacco, marijuana, opiates, or alcohol as stimulants; chooses risky sports and activities such as gambling or unsafe sex to raise catecholamine levels to feel more alive.
NOTE: Don’t take L-tyrosine if you have had melanoma, Grave’s Disease, or phenylketonuria (PKU). Be cautious about taking L-tyrosine if you have migraines, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, high blood pressure, or manic depression (bipolar disorder).
L-Tyrsosine is not contained in current VRY Supplements we are formulating a VEGAN version. Many of our customers use DOPA MIND to support Dopamine instead.